Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), the sole regulatory body of telecom service in Nepal has directed Nepal Telecom to immediately stop providing its 1 Gbps and 500 Mbps internet packages. The company had launched two ultra-high-speed packages just a few days ago. However, the regulator has called on the state-backed company to halt its ambitious FTTH service from reaching the public citing approval requirements.
On Bhadra 04, the authority sent a letter to the company demanding that it halt the rollout of its 1 Gbps and 500 Mbps fiber internet packages. On August 12 (Shrawan 25), Ntc launched internet packages of 1 Gbps and 500Mbps for corporate and enterprise customers with XGPON technology. As per the company, the next-gen technology allows the company to deliver up to 10 Gbps downstream and 2.5 Gbps upstream capacity.
However, NTA says that it learned of the packages through online news outlets and social media. The authority also stated that the company has not have the packages’ service tariff approved.
Ntc told to first get the approval for its 1 Gbps internet package
As per the Telecommunication Act, of 2053, service providers must first obtain approval for service charges before launching them. Section 42 of the act mentions that Nepal Telecom must, as the license agreement mentions, first get approval for its service charges to operate its services.
In addition, the authority has expressed displeasure over the bundling of IPTV and internet service. For service providers, it is against the rule to bundle internet and IPTV services in one package. NTA has told NTC to put an end to its package information. However, it’s not the end for the ultra-high-speed packages from the country’s largest communication provider.
NTA has told Ntc that it should first debundle the internet and IPTV service and then get the approval for the charges. On the other hand, Ntc officials argue that they did inform the regulator about the package contrary to what the latter has stated.
As it stands, there is no end to the 1 Gbps internet plan. However, while Nta has told Nepal Telecom to stop its 1 Gbps Internet package, it can continue the service after obtaining the necessary approval.
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